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 Memories of Merelbeke - een randgemeente van Gent

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Belgium 1970s
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MERELBEKE


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We lived in Belgium in the 1970s. Dad, Eric Hayles was working for Volvo Europa at Oostakker near Ghent and we moved into a house in the Verlorenbroodstraat in Merelbeke. We hope you enjoy our evocative photos of life in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent.

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GHENT/GENT BELGIUM


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We lived near the beautiful city of Ghent (Gent) in Belgium in East Flanders (Oost Vlaanderen) from 1974 till 1978, although dad was there for about another six years after that. We hope you enjoy some of our photo archive from those happy times.

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MERELBEKE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS


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Some of our wonderful neighbours and friends when we lived in Merelbeke. If you know any names that we haven't mentioned, please add them below the photo.

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DANSCLUB TERPSICHORE MERELBEKE


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Mum and dad had dancing lessons at the Dansclub Terpsichore in Hundelgemsesteenweg in 1977-78. These are pictures from one of their social functions.

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OUT AND ABOUT IN BELGIUM


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Our Welsh friends, the Davies Family


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We attended church at the Evangelisch Centruum, Burgstraat, Gent, where we got to know the wonderful Davies family from Wales (the clue was in the name!) Charles and Betty, Godfrey, Joseph and Noel. There were also two sisters who weren't in Belgium. Charles was an accomplished artists and signwriter. He once had a job painting the Coca Cola logo on lorries, so he must have been very good! He also painted a sign for our neighbours opposite which read "Bobinage van motoren".

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Belgium 1990s
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VISITS TO MERELBEKE IN 1990s


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In the 1990s, along came the internet. Jonathan put "Merelbeke" into a search engine to see what he would see, and stumbled across the website of Sint-Michielsschool. After writing a greeting in the guest book he received a reply from Guy van Heddegem, and a friendship developed which led to Jonathan visiting Merelbeke in 1998 and writing a song which was performed at the school's Eindejaarshow. He visited again the following year. Here are some pictures from those shows.... we hope to bring you some video clips in the future too. Photos mostly by Jonathan Hayles, captions by Guy van Heddegem.

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Cards at Number 3181 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried at his mother's in Moortsele85 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried's mother in Moortsele81 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried and Lydiane at Wilfried's mother's in Moortsele87 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 1978124 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa82 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Lydiane makes sure Wilfried is doing things properly85 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa78 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Visitors to Number 3178 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Eeeek! For anyone who hasn't found out yet, 40 years is nothing... it flashes by.
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